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Cornish sports facilities to receive £1m upgrades!

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With just one week to go until the Olympic Games begin, community sports groups across Cornwall are celebrating after securing a share of over £19 million of Olympic legacy funding.

Out of 377 community sports groups across the country, there are 10 in Cornwall that will be receiving a total of £489,049 worth of investment into their local project. Combining these grants with additional investment will see a total of £1,032,011 being invested into improving Cornish sports facilities.

The National Lottery investment comes from the Inspired Facilities Fund - part of Sport England's Places People Play Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme. Plus, even more local sports clubs could benefit as Sport England today launched another £10 million funding round of Inspired Facilities.

Sport England's Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said: "There's a lot to celebrate as we welcome the world's greatest athletes to London, but what happens to our local sports facilities in 2012 is just as important. The £19m investment we're announcing today means people in every part of England will see improved sports facilities on their own doorsteps."

Responding to strong demand from sports clubs, the budget for the latest round of Inspired Facilities has been doubled - an increase made possible by an increase of £15 million to Sport England's Olympic legacy programme thanks to strong sales of lottery tickets.

In addition to the £19,399,408 announced this week, sports playing fields and facilities across the country had already received more than £46 million through Sport England's Places People Play legacy programme. As well as this further £489,049 investment in Cornwall, over 1,000 young people in the county have got into sport through Sportivate and 500 people have been inspired by the Olympics and Paralympics to become a Sport Maker to volunteer in their Cornish community.

The investments announced earlier this week will breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants and difficult to maintain and run. Grants have also been offered to convert existing buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport and to allow local clubs to buy the facilities they use.

The funding is supporting a wide range of projects, in Cornwall these include:

  • Cricketers at Grampound Road will get a new home after receiving £50,000 towards a £420,000 new clubhouse, providing cutting edge facilities for them to grow the game in mid Cornwall. 
  • A community project with Penzance Town Council has secured £50,000 towards a £142,378 new design, resurface and floodlighting for a skate park to attract young people from all over west Cornwall. 
  • Pentewan Sands Sailing Club will provide new changing facilities that will be accessible for able bodied and disabled users, equipment storage and enhanced social facilities after receiving £50,000 towards a £65,000 project. 
  • Zero Gravity Gymnastics Club in Saltash has received £49,907 to purchase Eurotramp competitive trampolines, modernisation of heating and lighting and Freestyle Gymnastic Equipment to help further develop Freerunning for the 10-25 age bracket. It will develop the first purpose built trampoline centre for the whole of Cornwall.

Mo Gregory, from Zero Gravity, commented: "With six competitive trampolines, plus three sunken and a 12m acro trampoline into foam pits, we can now become a purpose designed trampoline centre for the whole of Cornwall; catering for the elite trampoline athlete as well as encouraging more people of all ages to take up the sport".

Chris Hunkin from Grampound Road Cricket Club, commented: "This investment ensures the future of the club, enabling us to continue to provide cricket for all ages including women and girls and to also provide an inspiring facility for the local community to come together and use the facility to become more physically active".

For a full list of successful projects in Cornwall please contact the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323344.

If your local community sports facility is in need of improvements make sure you submit an application for Inspired Facilities funding; the next round opens on July 23. For further advice and for details of other available funding streams, contact the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323344 or click here.